Golf Shaft Selection

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Golf Shaft Selection
Category: High Shots
Sub-Category: Low Shots, Bad Lies, Club Selection, Hands

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Golf Shaft Selection

One of the biggest changes I have seen in golf in my life is club fitting and how sophisticated we have now gotten with club fitting. One component of club fitting is the golf shaft. The golf shaft is called the engine of the golf club. It is so important, probably the most important thing of the golf club. Now this is a graphite Adilla shaft and for me it has an 85 gram weight. That is sort of a mid weight. Some are heavier than that for a utility club and some a lighter. Who would use a lighter club? Senior players and women. A lighter club allows you to swing faster, it gives you a little less sense of feeling the clubhead so a better player likes a little more weight in there, especially when you are in the rough, but for average golfers lighter shafts, 65 grams to 55 grams would be great. This is a stiff shaft, that means that it is pretty stiff, you can have an X shaft. For a real young hand swinging guy and X shaft is probably what you are going to go for. And it will go down from there. You can get shafts now that absolutely fit you to a tee. A good club fitter will use a launch monitor and other techniques to determine what you should be using. You might want to know about your kick point? What is that? You can have a low kick point, a mid kick point, or a high kick point. That is where the shaft kicks or gives in the swing. The lower the kick point the higher you will hit the ball. The higher the kick point the lower you will hit the ball. So those are little things that you can know when you go to have your clubs checked, but I will tell you this, if you go to the right person and get the right shaft it can make a big difference. One last thing about graphite, if you have aching joints, bad elbows, get graphite on your whole set. It gives you a tremendous dampening effect, it cushions the blow, you can hit a lot more golf balls and not hurt yourself, so graphite is something that you may want to look at.

About the Instructor
Jim  McLean
Jim  McLean
Jim McLean Golf School
Doral Golf Resort and Spa
4400 NW 87th Avenue
Miami, FL 33178
Tel: 800-72-DORAL

Jim McLean runs the Jim McLean Golf Schools, considered by some the world's finest. He is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #3 instructor in the world.


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